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August 13, 2004

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The News Review:

* BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | Zidane quits France
* You don’t have to play it straight
* Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
* Summer Olympic Games
* I vow to thee my country – but not without question
* Gold or nothing for Argentina’s ballers
* UEFA European U-21 C’ship – News & Features – News…
* King Kaufman’s Sports Daily
* RTÉ Sport: Ronaldo committed but not fully fit
* Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
* Owen departure puts heat on Liverpool
* Olympic Games — the most potent unifying force
* WIN! The review of Euro 2004
* Bloodshot eyes and dire rears
* Hymn has racist overtones, says bishop
* German Soccer | 08.11.2004 Bayern, Schalke Increase Pressure as…
* Star Greek athletes may miss Olympics
* Murphy takes parting shot
* SOCCER: ‘Rooney’s not at his best’

BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | Zidane quits France
BBC News – Aug 12, 2004
The 32-year-old had been pondering his future since France’s Euro 2004 exit. Zidane, who made his debut for France in 1994, was an integral part of the teams which won the 1998 World Cup and the European Championships in 2000. “I have thought long and hard over this decision – I think that at a given moment you must say ‘stop’,” said Zidane’s statement on his website. He continued: “It’s the end of my international career with the French team. It’s the time, it’s my time… ”

Zidane will go down as one of France’s all-time greats, with his two headed goals helping the country to their first-ever World Cup victory on home soil in 1998. And he played a major role as France confirmed their status with victory over Italy in the final of the European Championships in 2000. But injury prevented him perform at his best in France’s disastrous defence of the World Cup in 2002, and occasional flashes of brilliance could not help France progress beyond the quarter-finals at Euro 2004. He follows veterans Marcel Desailly, Lilian Thuram and Bixente Lizarazu in quitting the international scene.

You don’t have to play it straight
Guardian Unlimited – Aug 11, 2004
Then, during the World Cup, a couple of pubs did it. But for Euro 2004 a whole rash of them up and down the country decided to exploit the commercial benefit of showing football live on television. The interesting part is that these were gay bars – and during Euro 2004 they were crammed. There are now thousands of bona fide gay footie fans, from Newcastle to Southampton, and Manchester to Millwall. The Gay Football Supporters’ Network (… I am there for the football. If someone confronted me right out about being gay and it was directed at me personally, I feel strong enough to take them on. But I am not going to go mincing around a football stadium. I’m not really that kind of gay man. And yet that’s the type that dominates the magazines. ” Steve, a Cardiff fan, explains just how comfortable he feels in straight environments. “I feel possibly more insecure around gay people.

Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
Daily Times – Aug 13, 2004
You have to stop one day,? said the Real Madrid player. Zidane said the decision was not taken in light of France?s disappointing display in the Euro 2004 competition. ?I thought about it before Euro (2004). Independent of the result, I had anticipated quitting the French team. It is of course much easier to do that when you?re losing than when you?re winning,? the father-of-three said. New French coach Raymond Domenech said Monday he had not given up hope of persuading 32-year-old ?Zizou? to continue an international career in which he also helped France secure the 2000 European Championship.

Summer Olympic Games
Washington Post – Aug 11, 2004
The swimmers just arrived today; boxers and Greco-Roman wrestlers yesterday; gymnasts in the last day or so. I think some track folks, also. I’m not sure the concentration of Americans here is high enough to say, exactly, how they’re being received. I know the US mens hoops team played Turkey last night in Turkey and was booed merciless after one of their players (cant remember who) elbowed a Turk player, who fell to ground writhing. They werent well recived there at all. But US athletes have been advised and begged to behave here, and not incite or inflame anti American sentiment. _______________________ Arlington, Va… thats mainly because of the rule limiting teams to no more than 3 players over 23 years old. so in many ways, it’s a junior tournament–without the huge names of European leagues. Argentina is favored among the men, though Greeks will be cheered wildly whenever they take the field, having won euro 2004 just last month. It was a huge upset and has electrified interest in soccer here in greece. the women’s soccer should be very competitive, with the US, China, Germany and sweden expected to vie for gold _______________________ Dongguan, China: How many golds does the US team expect to win during the games? Liz Clarke: The US won 97 medals overall in Sydney; US olympic officials have said they hope to win 100 medals this year. Am not sure if that’s possible, particularly since several medallists from track missed the games this time because of drug issues, and the men’s baseball and soccer teams failed to qualify. As for golds, the US won 40 last time.

I vow to thee my country – but not without question
Guardian Unlimited – Aug 13, 2004
Bishop Lowe accepts that the hymn dates from a significant period in history but will not sing it, despite the fine melody. In Crux, the magazine of the Manchester diocese, he says: “A Christian’s ultimate responsibility and accountability is to God as revealed by Jesus and the Holy Spirit. ” He writes of his unease about the “new passion for Engerland [sic]” that emerged on St George’s day and during football’s Euro 2004. He attacks US imperialism and warns of the rise of the UK Independence party, before going on to reject narrow nationalism and embrace the world. “I want ‘Engerland’ to win again one day and to celebrate the victory for a couple of days maybe, even by waving a flag. “But any notion of national superiority or fierce independence while pouring scorn on our neighbours is profoundly unchristian and wrong. ” He is suspicious of “a white dominated simple world of Englishness where pounds and not euros, gallons and not litres, reign supreme”… “But any notion of national superiority or fierce independence while pouring scorn on our neighbours is profoundly unchristian and wrong. ” He is suspicious of “a white dominated simple world of Englishness where pounds and not euros, gallons and not litres, reign supreme”. The hymn is not the only open to revisionist movements. The tone of the Salvation Army favourite Onward Christian Soldiers is found embarrassingly militaristic: Like a mighty army moves the church of God;
Brothers, we are treading where the saints have trod. We are not divided, all one body we,
One in hope and doctrine, one in charity.

Gold or nothing for Argentina’s ballers
Jamaica Observer – Aug 11, 2004
“The only thing we care about is the gold medal,” said Carlos Tevez of Boca Juniors. “Winning is the objective,” said coach Marcelo Bielsa. “It’s not the same being first or second. “Roberto Ayala, one of the world’s best defenders who plays for Spanish champions Valencia, is back to make up for a silver medal finish eight years ago. Argentina twice lost the lead in the final and lost, 3-2, to Nigeria thanks to a goal a minute from the end in Athens, Georgia. Ayala was also in the Argentina lineup that lost on penalties to Brazil in Lima, Peru, two weeks ago. He now gets his chance to make up for those two runner-up finishes… The Italians won the European Under-21 title in May, Portugal have an emerging young side which includes Manchester United’s 19-year-old winger Cristiano Ronaldo and the Greeks, on home turf, want to follow up their surprise triumph at the European Championships last month. Italy have added Euro 2004 midfielder Andrea Pirlo to their young squad and the AC Milan player will want to make up for the team’s poor performance at the European Championship where they were knocked out in the opening round of group matches. Another standout player on the Italian roster is Parma striker Alberto Gilardino, who scored 23 goals in Serie A last season and was unlucky not to make the Euro 2004 squad. Italy have won the Olympic gold medal, but that was back in 1936. Of their 15 rivals here, only Serbia-Montenegro have won the title and that was as Yugoslavia in 1960. The competition kicks off next Wednesday with Argentina vs Serbia-Montenegro at Patras and Tunisia-Australia at Iraklion, Crete, in Group A Greece host South Korea in Thessaloniki and Mali meet Mexico in Volos. Talk Back

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UEFA European U-21 C’ship – News & Features – News… – Aug 11, 2004
Prolific GilardinoClaudio Gentile’s Azzurrini are bursting with talent and AC Milan midfield player Andrea Pirlo adds guile and experience to a team that beat Serbia and Montenegro in the U21 final. Look out, too, for prolific striker Alberto Gilardino, who scored 23 Serie A goals for Parma FC last season, as Italy take on Ghana, Paraguay and Japan in Group B. Golden dreamThe Olympics might not offer the financial rewards of the professional game, but for Gilardino the motivation is just as high, particularly as his side strive to make amends for Italy’s disappointing EURO 2004™. “Winning a medal would be fantastic, but winning a gold medal after the [UEFA] European Championship would be a dream come true,” he said. Surpassed expectationsSerbia and Montenegro’s inclusion in place of the likes of France, Germany and Spain may come as a surprise, but not once you have seen this team play, or consider the country’s Olympic pedigree. Three silver medals, a bronze and a gold (1960) set the standard, but Vladimir Petrovic’s side have already surpassed expectations and will not be overawed by Group C opponents Argentina, Australia and Tunisia. Lazovic threatFeyenoord fans will be familiar with the goalscoring talents of striker Danko Lazovic, a threat to Dutch defences last season… 4m summer signing Gabriel Heinze is one of eleven European-based players picked to represent favourites Argentina, though if the tournament goes to recent form, the winner could come Africa. Cameroon clinched gold in Sydney and Nigeria in Atlanta four years before. Football homecomingAlready this year, EURO 2004™, the Copa América, the African Cup of Nations and the Asian Cup have delighted fans the world over, but as Greece looks forward to a footballing homecoming, the party may only just be starting. All rights reserved.

King Kaufman’s Sports Daily
Salon – Aug 11, 2004
plays Greece in one of them, on the island of Crete. Greece is a soccer-mad country, especially in light of its upset win in Euro 2004, but it’s not mad for women’s soccer. The Greeks only qualified because they’re the host nation. Eight American women of Greek descent were recruited for the team, which is not expected to do a lot of scoring or winning. – – – – – – – – – – – – Two choices for reading the rest of this article and all of Salon:.

RTÉ Sport: Ronaldo committed but not fully fit – Aug 11, 2004
Although he expects to be sharp and ready to play in Portugal’s opening Olympic encounter against Iraq in Athens tomorrow night, Ronaldo’s admission may raise slight concerns at Old Trafford. “I am not 100 per cent ready but I believe that I will be healthy and fit at the premiere,” said Ronaldo. “I am here to help my country’s Olympic team. ”
The 19-year-old is coming into the Olympic tournament on the back of a hectic year, during which he helped United win the FA Cup and his country reach the final of Euro 2004. United assistant boss Carlos Queiroz had told Portuguese newspaper A Bola that his call-up to the Olympic squad could exacerbate niggling injuries. But the Portuguese Football Federation published a medical bulletin yesterday, expressing their belief that Ronaldo is in shape to play in the tournament… “I am not 100 per cent ready but I believe that I will be healthy and fit at the premiere,” said Ronaldo. “I am here to help my country’s Olympic team. ”
The 19-year-old is coming into the Olympic tournament on the back of a hectic year, during which he helped United win the FA Cup and his country reach the final of Euro 2004. United assistant boss Carlos Queiroz had told Portuguese newspaper A Bola that his call-up to the Olympic squad could exacerbate niggling injuries. But the Portuguese Football Federation published a medical bulletin yesterday, expressing their belief that Ronaldo is in shape to play in the tournament. Filed by Aidan O’Doherty.

Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
Daily Times – Aug 12, 2004
Juve, a finalist four times in the last eight years, trailed 2-0. Liverpool, which has won the competition four times, had plenty of chances at the Arnold Schwarzenegger stadium without Owen. Czech striker Milan Baros, who led Euro 2004 in scoring, was stopped by Schranz on a breakaway and missed a free header in the 31st minute. Baros partnered new signing Djibril Cisse. Owen, linked with Real Madrid in a ?10 million ($18. 4 million) transfer, was an unused substitute. He?s been in negotiations over a contract extension for months, although talks reportedly stalled Monday… The return legs are Aug. The teams have to qualify after not finishing high enough in their respective leagues. Sixteen clubs advance to the main draw, with defending champion FC Porto, AC Milan, Arsenal, Bayern Munich and Barcelona among 16 already in. Before 55,000 fans at the Stadium of Light in Lisbon, Slovenian international Zlatko Zahovic scored in the 12th minute against Anderlecht. The game marked Benfica manager Giovanni Trapattoni?s debut ? he was Italy?s coach at Euro 2004. Jiri Jarosik scored the go-ahead goal early in the second half in Moscow?s home win.

Owen departure puts heat on Liverpool
BBC News – Aug 13, 2004
But there were whispers that he did not want to commit for as long as Liverpool wanted, and stories have since emerged that Owen’s relationship with Benitez has not been smooth. No deal was done and Liverpool’s board, terrified at the prospect of losing Owen on a Bosman after Steve McManaman took the same route to the Bernabeu, have accepted an ?8m-plus-player deal that is at best cut-price, and at worst a steal… He is, unjustly, regarded with respect rather than true affection among Liverpool fans, never quite reaching the iconic level of Robbie Fowler, or more recently Gerrard. It is a status that may have made his departure easier to bear for player and club – but still a departure that leaves a massive void to fill. Milan Baros won the Golden Boot at Euro 2004, but his radar has been notoriously unreliable at club level, while ?14m Djibril Cisse is still unproven in the Premiership. But Benitez is known for ruthlessness, and it is clear he feels Liverpool’s life can go on without Owen. Those supporting Owen’s departure suggest Liverpool have become one-dimensional with him in the side, relying too much on his pace and goal-scoring.

Olympic Games — the most potent unifying force
Hindu – Aug 13, 2004
Why will we not understand that Olympism can offer the world a recourse, an alternative, a chance, which goes beyond its sporting celebrations?”

These are not mere epithets stringed together to convey the essence of Olympism. The words rhetorically mirror the conflicting nature of the concept which triggered the rebirth of the Olympic Games in 1896. Even as humanity awaits the golden dawn tomorrow to realise that grand dream, the words of the Olympics scholar Raymond Gafner provide a few points to ponder. Regarding Olympism as the panacea to counter the evils in a socio-economic fabric is becoming increasingly irrelevant. Even if one assumes that the founder of the Games, Pierre Coubertin, was fully aware of the forces that distorted its purpose, the depths of degeneration are painful… Restructuring the ATHOC with the influential politician, socialite and lawyer Mrs. Gianna Angelopoulous-Daskalaki put everything back on the rails. “Modern Athens has never been more prepared,” she declared, asking her countrymen to draw inspiration from the extraordinary performance of the National football team in Euro 2004. The grandeur of the Games, however, masks all irritants. The congregation of 202 countries — the largest ever — is a tribute to Olympism as the unifying force. Competitors from Afghanistan, Palestine and Iraq lend as much substance to the Olympic ideals as the two Koreas willing to march behind one another to match the spirit of the traditional superpowers. The top five — U.

WIN! The review of Euro 2004 – Aug 11, 2004
In the Quarter Finals penalties knocked out England and Greece continued to defy the odds by eliminating the champions, France. It was back to penalties as the Dutch held their nerve against Sweden, while the Czech Republic had the smoothest passage as they rolled over Denmark becoming the tournament favourites in the process. This was not to last. After Portugal confirmed their place in the final with a confident performance over Holland, the Czech Republic failed to halt the march of the Greeks, losing to the first silver goal of the tournament. The first game of the tournament became also the last. Portugal and Greece faced a re-match, the result was the same, Greece, the underdogs, ruined the hosts’ party, defending their lead heroically and re-writing Greek Mythology along the way.

Bloodshot eyes and dire rears – Aug 13, 2004
com, bought the ball from Spanish fan Pablo Carral via the internet auction site eBay, for €28,000, and is now hoping to bring it to England, charging supporters €15 each to kick it. “We are going to look for a soccer stadium in Great Britain to allow people kicking the ball, perhaps against the same Portuguese goalkeeper, all this for charity purposes,” said Golden Palace spokesman Drew Black. However, a trip to England may not be the end of the ball’s journey if another story is to be believed. This alleges that Golden Palace are keen to send the ball into space in a home-made spaceship called Wild Fire to be launched from the Canadian province of Saskatchewan on 2 October. Golden Palace chief executive Richard Rowe hoped that it would become “the first football to have been in Space. ” But only, presumably, if loose ground under the launch pad does not send it hurtling off target when the rocket takes off. Chest the jobMany apologies… ” But only, presumably, if loose ground under the launch pad does not send it hurtling off target when the rocket takes off. Chest the jobMany apologies. This last story is a few weeks old, but even though EURO 2004™ is now a fond but fast-fading memory, we thought you would like to read it anyway. As Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo was booked in the semi-final of EURO 2004™ for taking off his shirt to celebrate the first goal in a 2-1 win against the Netherlands, there was outrage in Germany. More specifically, Green party MPs Evelin Schoenhut-Keil and Margareta Wolf felt slightly cheated as they were denied the chance to ogle the handsome Manchester United FC teenager unimpeded and resolved to appeal against the FIFA and UEFA directive discouraging such “unsportsmanlike conduct” as players’ removing their shirts. Having acquired the signatures of thousands of German women on a petition in support of their mildly lecherous standpoint, the MPs addressed an open letter to the German Football Association, saying: “Get rid of the yellow card and instead let players show their athletic torsos. ” Schoenhut-Keil added: “We can’t understand how the voluntary showing of a male chest can be objectionable.

Hymn has racist overtones, says bishop
Guardian Unlimited – Aug 12, 2004
getElementById( ‘frameId511945’ ). This, he argued, was not the Christian way. Writing in Crux, the newspaper of the Manchester diocese, Bishop Lowe said “I will not sing [it]. I think it is heretical, because a Christian’s ultimate responsibility is to God as revealed by Jesus and the Holy Spirit… Now, he said, it was right to be critical. The words to the hymn, which is set to music taken from the Planets, by Gustav Holst, were written by Sir Cecil Spring-Rice. Bishop Lowe’s article said that, “on one level”, the plethora of St George flags during the Euro 2004 football championship was “probably harmless”, and represented a welcome move “to re-establish a national English identity”. However, he added that he was “very uneasy” about growing nationalism, with the tournament being played at the time of a “vicious anti-European campaign”, the rise of Ukip, and xenophobic attitudes towards other countries in the British tabloid press. “Any notion of national superiority or fierce independence while pouring scorn on our neighbours is profoundly un-Christian and wrong,” he wrote. “We need to be very careful. “He added that “undergirding” a rise in nationalism was a “wish for a white-dominated simple world of Englishness where a pound and not euros.

German Soccer | 08.11.2004 Bayern, Schalke Increase Pressure as…
Deutsche Welle – Aug 11, 2004
German champions Werder Bremen were left cursing a late concentration lapse in a 1-1 away draw at Hertha Berlin. Greece’s Euro 2004 winner Angelos Charisteas had put Bremen ahead in the 80th minute but Werder could not hold onto that slender lead. Alexander Madlung headed in an equalizer in the dying moments with Bremen furious at the amount of added time. “The game was almost over but it is in the hands of the referee and that cost us two points,” raged Bremen chief Thomas Schaaf. Wolves tamed by rampant Nuremberg

Wolfsburg lead the pack despite being on the wrong end of a 4-0 score line at FC Nuremberg. Trailing 1-0, the Wolves had Argentine international Andres D’Alessandro sent off in the eighth minute for a petulant foul.

Star Greek athletes may miss Olympics – Aug 13, 2004
The International Olympic Committee said it summoned Kenteris, the hosts’ best medal hope, after he and fellow sprinter, Katarina Thanou, a dual silver medallist herself in Sydney, failed to show-up for scheduled tests. For more on this we’re joined by Fran Kelly who’s reporting from Athens. Fran, I know there are not a lot of details available at the moment, but what can you tell us?FRAN KELLY: Well basically Tony this is a sensational development that has happened very late here this evening in Athens, and as you say the Greek sprint hero, Costas Kenteris, their big gold medal hope of these Games, is now facing expulsion. Jacques Rogge, the IOC President, has announced late tonight that he has called for disciplinary hearing tomorrow, at 12 noon tomorrow, that’s in about 11 hours time, for the two athletes to front up and give their account and their excuse for why they were not present at the Athletes Village this evening when they were scheduled for an IOC drugs test. That hearing is tipped to last for about an hour. It is a formal process. The Greek National Olympic Committee, when they realised what had happened, had written to the IOC and lodged an appeal and asked for a test to be scheduled immediately this evening, another test for Costas Kenteris and Katarina Thanou but the IOC said no to that… TONY EASTLEY: No doubt Fran, news of this has shocked the Greek people, because I suppose it’s okay to compare Costas Kenteris, the Greek golden boy, like Australia’s Cathy Freeman. FRAN KELLY: Well exactly, and in fact like Cathy Freeman, he was the hot favourite for the athlete chosen to light the Olympic flame at the Opening Ceremony tomorrow, in less than 24 hours time. I mean this will be a huge disappointment for Greece after the euphoria of their Euro 2004 soccer campaign and that win which brought thousands of Greeks out into the streets in celebration. We are now hearing reports of people bursting into tears in the city at this news. Costas Kenteris is a Greek legend here at the moment. When he won gold in the 200 meters in Sydney four years ago, he was the first Greek man to win an Olympic gold in running since 1896, since the birth of the modern games in Athens all those years ago. So it really was quite something.

Murphy takes parting shot
BBC News – Aug 11, 2004
I hope my attributes will make Charlton a better team. “I know it is a step down from Liverpool but I wanted a different challenge and I think it is achievable for us to get into Europe this year. ”

The 27-year-old has won nine England caps but missed out on a place in Sven-Goran Eriksson’s squad for Euro 2004. “England was not really a factor in my move – that is secondary at the moment,” he said. “This was a football decision – I just wanted to make sure I was doing the right thing. Murphy moved to Liverpool from Crewe for ?3m in July 1997 and made 249 appearances, as well as winning nine England caps, before his Anfield exit.

SOCCER: ‘Rooney’s not at his best’
U.TV – Aug 11, 2004
The 19-year-old was signed from Everton on transfer deadline day in August in a deal worth #23million-plus after a string of eye-catching performances for England at Euro 2004. A broken foot in that tournament delayed his appearance for his new club but true, to form, Rooney marked his debut with a stunning Champions League hat-trick against Fenerbahce… “For that sort of money you would want him to be performing every week and he is not. But he is still very young,” said Best. “It was inevitable it was going to happen. He has come onto the big stage with a bang, scored three terrific goals and that does not happen every week. “You have your bad spells and he has found out very quickly how life can be tough at the top.

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